Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans Celebrate 11th Annual Gala May 20

SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS TO CELEBRATE ANNUAL GALA ON MAY 20

More Than Forty SLH Wineries to Pour at Mer Soleil Winery

Monterey County, CA—Tickets are now on sale for the Santa Lucia Highlands‘ annual Gala tasting, taking place from 12 to 3 pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Mer Soleil Winery.

The celebration is a strolling wine tasting through the barrel cellar of Mer Soleil, a venue not normally open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to sample Santa Lucia Highlands– appellated limited-releases wines, in most cases poured by the vintners themselves. Wineries scheduled  to participate include: August West, Belle Glos, Bernardus, Black Kite, Boekenoogen, Brack Mountain, Bruliam, Cima Collina, Estancia, Hahn Family Wines, Hope & Grace, J. Lohr Highlands Bench, J. McFarland, Joyce, Kosta Browne, La Rochelle, Loring, Luli, Mansfield – Dunne, Manzoni, McIntyre, Mer Soleil, Miner, Miura, Mooney, Morgan, Odonata, Pessagno, Pisoni / Lucia, Poppy, Prim Family, Puma Road, Roar, Sarah’s Vineyard, Scheid, Siduri, Smith Family, Talbott, Tantara, Testarossa, Tondre, Tudor, Twomey, Windstream, and Wrath. 

Local chefs and food purveyors bring Monterey Peninsula flavor with gourmet bites from several of the region’s best restaurants and chefs, including Soerke Peters from Basil Carmel, Cal Stamenov from Bernardus Lodge, Tim Wood from Carmel Valley Ranch, Emanuele Bartolini from La Balena, Kristin Wynn from Marich Chocolate, James Waller from Monterey Plaza Hotel, Dory Ford from Aqua Terra Culinary, Tarpy’s Roadhouse, Ocean Sushi, The Poke Lab, and many more. Artisan food producers including Bar Cart, Golden Bear Bitters, Moto Expresso, Schoch Dairy, Zio Brand Sausage and more. A rare, “big bottle” silent auction benefiting Rancho Cielo, live music, and other surprises will round out the day.

Mer Soleil Winery, the northernmost vineyard estate in the Highlands, is owned by the Wagner family, producers of Caymus and Conundrum. This will be the sixth year the SLH event has been held at this dramatic venue. Mer Soleil is located at 1290 River Road, Salinas, California.  

SLH Gala General Admission tickets are $120 per person available online at https://santaluciahighlands.eventbrite.com. A limited number of “Early Admission” tickets are $150 per person that allow entrance at 11 a.m. to a special advance Gala tasting and auction featuring guaranteed access to rare wines, library releases and new gems from the SLH vintners.

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About the Santa Lucia Highlands…

The Santa Lucia Highlands is one of the crown jewels of California viticulture, growing and producing some of the state’s best cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. The appellation encompasses more than 6,500 acres of prime vineyards, planted on the elevated terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range in close proximity to nearby Monterey Bay. The region’s unique winegrowing character was recognized with official A.V.A. status in 1991.

Formed in 2005, the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans is an association of vineyards and wineries that grow grapes in the S.L.H. or use the appellation’s fruit to craft their vintage releases. The group’s online home is SantaLuciaHighlands.com

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